Baku, Azerbaijan, July 24
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
A photo of an Azerbaijani citizen killed by Armenian armed forces in Kalbajar region was shown to his family, spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Baku office Ilaha Huseynova said on July 24.
ICRC was informed that two citizens of Azerbaijan are kept in Nagorno-Karabakh. A corpse was shown to an ICRC representative in Nagorno-Karabakh. The information about this murder was disseminated in the media.
"ICRC showed a photo of the corpse to the family of the person killed," Huseynova said. "The family recognized him. The discussions about visiting those Azerbaijanis and returning the corpse to the Azerbaijani side are underway."
Earlier, Armenian media reported that the Armenian forces, during an operation in the occupied Kalbajar region's Shaplar village, killed an Azerbaijani - Hasan Hasanov, and detained two other Azerbaijanis - Shahbaz Guliyev and Dilgam Asgarov.
In this regard, the State Commission on Prisoners of War, Hostages and Missing Persons of Azerbaijan issued a message that the commission focuses on the future of the Azerbaijani citizens taken hostage in the territory of Kalbajar region. The photos and videos about them were distributed in the Armenian media.
The families of Azerbaijanis, taken hostage by Armenians in the occupied territories, have officially appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Currently the ICRC continues talks with the parties on this matter, ICRC Azerbaijan's office told Trend earlier.
Meanwhile, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry denied the Armenian media reports on belonging of the mentioned persons to the country's armed forces.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.